Great Lakes’ wa­ter lev­els up, but end of slump un­known

The Washington Times Daily - - Nation -

TRA­VERSE CITY | Fed­eral sci­en­tists say Great Lakes wa­ter lev­els are up sharply this year be­cause of heavy rain and snow. But sci­en­tists say it’s too early to de­clare an end to the slump that has af­fected most of the sys­tem since the late 1990s.

The drop-off has been most pro­nounced in Lakes Huron and Michi­gan, which have the same level be­cause they are con­nected. Keith Kom­poltow­icz of the Army Corps of Engi­neers said at a brief­ing Wed­nes­day that those lakes are nearly a foot higher than last Novem­ber.

That is a big im­prove­ment from early this year, when they hit their low­est point since record-keep­ing be­gan in 1918.

Huron and Michi­gan, which sci­en­tists con­sider one lake be­cause they are con­nected and their wa­ter level rel­a­tive to sea level is iden­ti­cal, still were 17 inches be­low their long-term

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